Indoor plants can be a great asset to your Jacksonville, Florida home or office space. Not only are they a great aesthetic addition to your home, but they also help filter the air. People are usually unaware that many harmful toxins are present in the air they breathe everyday. In recent years, NASA has done several studies to determine which houseplants are best at cleaning the air inside your home. Even if you don’t have a “green thumb”, many of these plants do well under little care and are a great option for those who don’t have time to water a plant every single day of the week.
1. Snake Plant
This plant has strong, stiff, green-banded leaves that grow upward from the base. While it prefers moderate to bright light, it has been known to thrive in areas with virtually no light at all. It only needs to be watered once a week, allowing the soil to completely dry in between watering. The snake plant is the ultimate plant for those who do not have a “green thumb”. The only way to kill this plant is to over water, or to completely not water at all.
2. English Ivy
This plant does great indoor, where it gets enough indirect sunlight. It is an evergreen, woody vine that grows quite quickly. It grows great in a hanging pot or in a pot that allows it to trail. Regular cutting and pruning will be necessary for this plant. If your home is dry, this plant will do great in a pot with pebbles that can be watered each day to allow enough humidity to the plant. It does not require regular watering, as the soil needs time to dry out between waterings. This plant is great at removing benzene from the air.
3. Spider Plant
This plant also tolerates neglect very well. While it prefers bright light, it does well in dim lighting. It also tolerates a wide range of temperatures, as long as it does not freeze. During warm weather, it needs to be watered regularly. In the winter, it only needs to be watered occasionally, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant is good at filtering carbon monoxide out of the air and is best kept in areas like the kitchen where carbon monoxide accumulates most.
4. Golden Pothos
This plant is leafy with varying colors of green and yellow. It does very well in dim light; bright light will scorch the leaves. This plant requires watering every other day or every few days, just so the soil stays moist. The vines on this plant grow quite rapidly, so trimming from time to time will be necessary. This is a great plant to keep in your house because it is great at filtering toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
Article by Tom Miller